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July/August 2014

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2014 TDCJ/CMIT criminal justice scholarships awarded

Sam Houston State University's (SHSU) College of Criminal Justice, in partnership with the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), recently awarded the 2014 TDCJ/Correctional Management Institute of Texas scholarships to Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) employees Angela Chevalier and William Wheat. The intensive Master of Science (MS) degree program teaches criminal justice professionals critical management skills required to advance in the field of criminal corrections.

"This is a great opportunity for employees as they continue to expand their education and grow professionally in their criminal justice careers," said Patty Garcia, Human Resources Director at TDCJ.

scholarship winner Catain Angela Chevalier
 
Captain Angela Chevalier  

Captain Chevalier of the Ramsey Academy in Region III in Rosharon hopes to train the next generation of criminal justice professionals after her retirement from TDCJ. Graduating from Sam Houston State University with an undergraduate degree, Chevalier pursued a career in corrections. She wanted to return to school to earn a Master's degree, but her work schedule prevented regular classroom attendance. With a regular schedule at the training academy and her recently-awarded scholarship funding, she can now pursue her dream.

"If it were not for the scholarship, I couldn't continue my education," Chevalier said. "After completing my degree, I plan on teaching criminal justice at a college or university. The one thing that I want to impart is that our field will never go away and that there will always have to be leaders to show what lies ahead. We are the people who keep the world safe. There will always be a need for criminal justice and corrections professionals."

Chevalier has worked her way up through the ranks at TDCJ, beginning at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville in 2004 as a correctional officer. She began her supervisory career at the Terrell Unit and later served at the Darrington Unit in Rosharon and the Connally Unit in Kenedy, where she rose to the rank of captain. At the Region III Training Academy, she oversees the training of new officers as well as in-service and specialty training for officers and staff.


scholarship winner Captain William Wheat

Captain William Wheat

Captain Wheat began his 10-year TDCJ career at the Robertson Unit in Abilene and most recently worked as a captain of correctional officers at the Beto Academy in Region II in Palestine. The CMIT scholarship will allow him to begin advanced-degree studies this fall. "It does mean a lot to me to get a scholarship," said Wheat. "Although I had other opportunities, this is the route I wanted. I am a traditionalist. I wanted to go to Sam Houston because the offenders built the building and Dr. George J. Beto was one of its founders. He created the Windham School District. There is a close relationship between the College and TDCJ. There is a lot of history here."

After leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, Wheat began working at the Robertson Unit, a maximum security facility. He was promoted to unit Safe Prisons Program coordinator and later assigned to the Region II Training Academy where he teaches specialty training courses, including munitions, firearm and defensive tactics for officers, and correctional awareness for noncustodial staff.

"It’s a challenge," said Wheat. "The training we use, from my perspective, keeps us on the straight and narrow. If you want to change things systematically, the most effective way to do that is through training. We have a responsibility to the public for what we do. The success of the job we do will be obvious when these offenders return to society and become a part of our neighborhoods and communities."

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TDCJ EMPLOYEE PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS
Name From To
Tod Allen Major of Correctional Officers,
Gib Lewis Unit
Assistant Warden,
Larry Gist State Jail
Edgar Baker Senior Warden,
Skyview Unit/Jerry H. Hodge Unit
Senior Warden,
Mark W. Michael Unit
David Blackwell Senior Warden,
L.V. Hightower Unit
Senior Warden,
Skyview Unit/Jerry H. Hodge Unit
Christopher Carter Senior Warden,
Clemens Unit
Senior Warden,
Mark W. Stiles Unit
James Danheim Major of Correctional Officers,
A.M. "Mac" Stringfellow Unit
Assistant Warden,
Darrington Unit
Matthew Dobbins Major of Correctional Officers,
Offender Transportation
Assistant Warden,
O.L. Luther Unit
David Forrest Major of Correctional Officers,
W.J. "Jim" Estelle Unit
Assistant Warden,
George Beto Unit
Linda Gonzales Senior Warden,
William P. Hobby/
Marlin Complex
Senior Warden,
Daniel Webster Wallace Unit/
Dick Ware Transfer Facility
Ronald Givens Assistant Warden,
Garza East Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Ernestine Glossbrenner SAFPF
Nemier Herod Assistant Warden,
O.L. Luther Unit
Assistant Warden,
Mark W. Michael Unit
Bradley Hutchison Major of Correctional Officers,
O.B. Ellis Unit
Assistant Warden,
Pam Lychner State Jail
Maricia Jackson Assistant Warden,
Joe Kegans State Jail
Senior Warden,
L.V. Hightower Unit
Balden Polk Assistant Warden,
George Beto Unit
Senior Warden,
Tulia Transfer Facility
Phonso Rayford Major of Correctional Officers,
Louis C. Powledge Unit
Assistant Warden,
Garza East Transfer Facility
Michael Roesler Senior Warden,
Mark W. Stiles Unit
Senior Warden,
O.B. Ellis Unit
Jerry Sanchez Major of Correctional Officers,
Darrington Unit
Assistant Warden,
Joe Kegans State Jail
Brian Smith Assistant Warden,
Pam Lychner State Jail
Assistant Warden,
John M. Wynne Unit
Cornelius Smith Senior Warden,
Richard P. LeBlanc Unit
Senior Warden,
Clemens Unit
Charles Vondra Senior Warden,
Daniel Webster Wallace Unit/Dick Ware Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Jim Ferguson Unit
Darren Wallace Senior Warden,
Ernestine Glossbrenner SAFPF
Senior Warden,
Richard P. LeBlanc Unit
Vikki Wright Senior Warden,
Tulia Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
William P. Hobby/
Marlin Complex

 

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